Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘Dick Cheney’

US Government Turns Down Request For Trial By Guantánamo Prisoner And CIA Torture Victim Abu Zubaydah

US Government Turns Down Request For Trial By Guantánamo Prisoner And CIA Torture Victim Abu Zubaydah

Lawyers for Abu Zubaydah, an alleged “high-value detainee” in the “war on terror,” who was held in secret CIA prisons for four and a half years until his transfer to Guantánamo in September 2006, submitted a letter to the Convening Authority for the military commissions at Guantánamo, Retired Vice Admiral Bruce MacDonald, asking for their […]

Torture: The Bush Administration on Trial

Torture: The Bush Administration on Trial

Law-abiding US citizens have been appalled that Jose Rodriguez, the director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service until his retirement in 2007, was invited onto CBS’s “60 Minutes” program last weekend to promote his book Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives, in which he defends the use of torture on […]

Guantanamo: Military Commissions And The Illusion Of Justice

Guantanamo: Military Commissions And The Illusion Of Justice

When something is irredeemably broken, the sensible course of action is to get rid of it. However, when it comes to military trials for terror suspects in the Bush administration’s “war on terror,” however broken the system is, government officials and lawmakers have repeatedly gathered round to put it back together again, and continue to […]

Ten Years After 9/11, America Deserves Better than Dick Cheney’s Self-Serving Autobiography

Ten Years After 9/11, America Deserves Better than Dick Cheney’s Self-Serving Autobiography

On August 30, when In My Time, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s self-serving autobiography was published, the timing was pernicious. Cheney knows by now that every time he opens his mouth to endorse torture or to defend Guantánamo, the networks welcome him, and newspapers lavish column inches on his opinions, even though astute editors and […]

Heels Dug In, Cheney Rewrites History

Heels Dug In, Cheney Rewrites History

Human rights advocates and legal experts are hitting back at statements made by former vice president Dick Cheney in his new book, “In My Time,” that abusive interrogation methods – torture — yielded information that saved lives and that he had “no regrets” about their use. Cheney has been unshakable in defense of his decision […]

The Significance of Human Rights Watch’s New Call To Prosecute Bush Officials For Torture

The Significance of Human Rights Watch’s New Call To Prosecute Bush Officials For Torture

Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a new report Tuesday. As they stated in the press release announcing the 107-page report, “Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees” (HTML, PDF), there is “overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration.” As a result, President Barack Obama is obliged “to order a criminal […]

How The Supreme Court Gave Up On Guantanamo

How The Supreme Court Gave Up On Guantanamo

Last Monday, on the very same day that the Obama administration gave up on Guantánamo, so too did the Supreme Court. As far as we know, it was not a choreographed climbdown — nor had money been offered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to rehabilitate their legacies — but the effect was the […]

Mocking the Law, Judges Rule that Evidence Is Not Necessary to Hold Insignificant Guantanamo Prisoners for the Rest of Their Lives

Mocking the Law, Judges Rule that Evidence Is Not Necessary to Hold Insignificant Guantanamo Prisoners for the Rest of Their Lives

If I was an American lawyer who had fought for many years to secure habeas corpus rights for the prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — in other words, the right to ask an impartial judge to rule on my captors’ reasons for slinging me in a legal black hole and leaving me to rot […]

WikiLeaks Cables Reveals Bush, Obama Pressured Germany, Spain Not To Probe Torture

WikiLeaks Cables Reveals Bush, Obama Pressured Germany, Spain Not To Probe Torture

In the relatively small number of US diplomatic cables released to date by WikiLeaks, from its cache of 251,287 documents, the most disturbing revelations concerning the “War on Terror” deal with the pressure that the Bush administration exerted on Germany in 2007, regarding the planned prosecution of 13 CIA agents involved in the rendition and […]

Rule Of Law Hinges On Obama’s Response To The Ghailani Trial

Rule Of Law Hinges On Obama’s Response To The Ghailani Trial

To listen to certain Republican critics of last week’s verdict in the federal court trial of the Tanzanian Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a former Guantánamo prisoner and a former CIA “ghost prisoner,” you would think that the jury had found him not guilty, and that he had been released onto the streets of New York. In […]

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